Sonoma Coast Wine

 

The Sonoma Coast AVA is an extensive part of Sonoma County, California. It stretches between San Pablo Bay to Mendocino along the Pacific coast, east to the coastal ranges. The climate created by such close proximity to the Pacific Ocean is that of heavy rainfall, cool winds and heavy fog. Most of the vineyards are planted into the ridges, keeping them as far above the fogline as possible as well as maximizing their sun exposure. 
 
There are certain varietals that respond well to such conditions, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but the region is also known for its Rieslings and Syrah. 
 
The Fort Ross AVA is included within the Sonoma Coast. 
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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Varietals Produced in Sonoma Coast View all

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Popular Wineries in Sonoma Coast View all

  • DuNah Winery

    DuNah Vineyard & Winery lies in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley near the small country town ...

  • Tandem Winery

    Our Background shows a long history of working passionately with high-end labels; the team of gro...

  • Littorai Wines

    All of the process waste from winemaking is recycled through a constructed wetlands system and re...

  • Hirsch Vineyards and Winery

    Perched on a ridge overlooking the Pacific at Fort Ross, Sonoma County, Hirsch Vineyards is the b...

  • Kastania Vineyards

    A viticulture class in 1994 inspired Linda and Hoot Smith to demonstrate their love of red wine b...

  • Cobb

    Cobb Wines was established in 2001 by Ross and Stephen Cobb and their parents David and Diane to ...

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Sonoma Coast on Snooth

  • Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma 2012

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    Gift from Gilmore's on 5/23/15. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Rodney Strong Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2013

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    Rough and tarry on the nose with waves of vanilla and black cherry, hints of rose petal and a bit of currant. Thin in the mouth, somehow lacking depth and still being quite easy drinking, there's a bit of spice on the finish accompanying dried fig, black cherry and cinnamon. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Rodney Strong Chardonnay Sonoma County 2013

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    Full and rich on the nose with green apple, Meyer lemon and vanilla wrapped in rolled oats. In the mouth it's smooth and creamy, full of green apple, kiwi and lemon flavors with puckering acidity on the sides of the palate and a touch of cream on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Sebastiani Chardonnay Sonoma County 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Cenyth Red 2009

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    Another from Lunch at Marcello's and another great one.Soft Tannins, with licorice, spice, moss and damp earth, then blackberry and roasted blueberry. Long long finish. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Murphy-Goode Poker Knight Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley 2012

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    Full and ripe blackberry, blueberry and black cherry aromas on the nose with a touch of powdered sugar and moist earth. Blackberry, toast and vanilla flavors lead the way with molasses, forest floor, dark chocolate and leather. The tannins are strong but well integrated with the fruit. An age worthy wine but very easy to drink now and quite smooth. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Murphy-Goode Single Deck Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 2012

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    Powerfully aromatic nose of candied raspberry, blackberry and black cherry. A bit restrained in the mouth, with tight, gripping tannins out ahead of the fruit, which shows nicely on the mid palate of blackberry, black currant, leather, espresso beans, and a touch of tar. This is a powerful Cabernet and for lovers of this style of wine it's a rea... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Murphy-Goode Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Terra A Lago 2012

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    This is inviting and cool on the nose with soft aromas of crushed violets, blackberries and ripe plums. In the mouth it's quite boisterous and full of fresh acidity, dark chocolate and blackberries and black currants. This is a bold wine that is not afraid to show a good bit of structure and acidity along with the fruit, making it a great candid... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Murphy-Goode Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Big juicy bunches of blackberry and black cherry on the nose with a bit of an herbal note to it as well. In the mouth, gripping tannins hit immediately and don't let go, almost but not quite masking the blackberry and black cherry fruit with a finish of dark chocolate and coffee. It's possible this will continue to soften over time, so it may be... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Schug Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma Coast 2014

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    This is less aromatic than other similar wines with floral notes of melon, butter and whole wheat flour. In the mouth it's also light bodied but flavorful, with melon and grapefruit, lemon and a bit of green apple. Though it finishes with a pop of acidity it mostly trends towards smooth and almost creamy. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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